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Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 4, 2012 - 08:38am PT
Ha – gotcha!

Knowing the taco, I’m betting this thread will morph into g-string photos (who knows maybe even climbing related), but it’s actually meant to tell about a new venture I’m starting – Gstring Climbing Grips. I've seen other members hawking their climbing related products so I hope I’m not out of line (let me know if I am Chris).

Credit: Naitch
Credit: Naitch

These babies have seven major grip positions with each position adjustable for difficulty by easily changing the angle they hang at. They’re made out of heat treated aluminum with a replaceable grip surface that can be varied from fine grained to rough.

The inspiration for them came while I was traveling in my former job which often kept me away from rock and gym for weeks at a time. Also, adversity on the home front helped fuel the creative fire. My wife doesn’t want a climbing wall around any more and isn’t enamored by me putting holes in the walls and hanging climbing “decorations” around the house.

So I had a brainstorm for a “better mouse-trap” – something that was lighter in weight, more portable, multiple ways to mount, more grip positions and adjustable…in general something more versatile. All this lead to various prototypes, testing, finally arriving at what I have now.

Check ‘em out at SICgrips.com for a fuller description. I’m selling direct to customer ($69.95) and through a couple stores (the Gendarme at Seneca and Mountain Trails in Virginia). Since they’re brand new and I’m trying to get’m out there, I’m offering them to any taco member till the end of October for $59 a pair (+ shipping). Send me a member email and I’ll get you the details (website orders will get charged the regular amount).

OK....enough. Go ahead and post’m up (g-string photos that is).

Credit: Naitch
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Oct 4, 2012 - 08:44am PT
Very creative and interesting!
Nice work.
I hate pull ups.
Good luck, best wishes.
ec

climber
ca
Oct 4, 2012 - 08:52am PT
The large grip variation reminds me of a Foster's grip...

Nice work!

 ec
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Oct 4, 2012 - 08:58am PT
Very cool product.....is it too late to change the name?

Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 4, 2012 - 09:02am PT
> Very cool product.....is it too late to change the name?

Ah....yep. Why? This was the working name while developing them and I tried to shed the name a couple times but most everyone I checked with said, "No, you gotta keep it...very memorable"
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 4, 2012 - 09:03am PT
Good idea, hope they sell well for you.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Oct 4, 2012 - 09:18am PT
G = GET SOME!


lol, dig it!
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Oct 4, 2012 - 09:24am PT
I get it, they look like a G in profile.


I want to try 'em out, they look PDG.


I know Eppi has some pix of Cosgrove on G-string. Related?
gimmeslack

Trad climber
VA
Oct 4, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
This is totally lame. Not the Taco I Love and Lurk. Where's the morbidly-obese-thong-clad-eye-candy? LOL...

Yeah, they are supercool. Check out website pics of block of alu they were cut from. A thing of engineering beauty! We own one of the first pairs off the 'line' and one of these days, when I manage at least one whole pull-up, I'll post rave reviews :-/

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Oct 4, 2012 - 12:30pm PT
Kudos on the catch title. Those look like great trainers, and providers of pain!
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Oct 4, 2012 - 12:33pm PT
+1 for an innovative and super efficient training platform!

If there is some quick-adjust way of shifting the strings to change the angle in seconds, these things look like gold.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 4, 2012 - 12:34pm PT
Ask and you shall receive. Taco wouldn't be the Taco without the normal banter. Locker, WTF. Can't believe you haven't posted a nice g-string pick yet. LOL

Credit: dirt claud
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 4, 2012 - 12:52pm PT
Excellent!
Excellent!
Credit: mouse from merced
You caught me with my pants down....
Michelle

Trad climber
she'll make.5 past light speed
Oct 4, 2012 - 12:55pm PT
That looks pretty snazzy. I'll even test it for you, free of charge.
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 4, 2012 - 01:24pm PT
>Ask and you shall receive. Taco wouldn't be the Taco without the normal banter. Locker, WTF. Can't believe you haven't posted a nice g-string pick yet. LOL

Yeah, I was surprised also that Locker wasn't the first one to jump on the real photos
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 4, 2012 - 01:27pm PT
Wow, I like it.

Simple, versatile and elegant.

DMT
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 4, 2012 - 01:28pm PT
> If there is some quick-adjust way of shifting the strings to change the angle in seconds, these things look like gold.

Well...it's semi-quick. It's a Prusik knot that you flip the lock loop up with your thumb and then slide it to a new position along the sling. I find it's just the right amount of time between different exercises to give my arms/fingers a break. Hope to make a video soon showing the process - it really is quite simple.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Oct 4, 2012 - 01:38pm PT
these make my elbows hurt.

they do look like a good product though!
hb81

climber
Oct 4, 2012 - 01:41pm PT
offering more positions than a vegas hooker

bwahahahahaha
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Oct 4, 2012 - 01:57pm PT
graduated from g during gestation

my hole life i've been looking
for the h spot.

anywone scene that confounded h spot?

Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Oct 4, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
Innovative to get that much variation out of a compact, single design.

That said, I don't think the appartatus will be particularly valuable as a training tool, at least beyond the moderate/novice level.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Oct 4, 2012 - 02:13pm PT
Yeah, Great Design,
but I like to save my strength
for the pullups at the Crags.

:)
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Oct 4, 2012 - 02:26pm PT
This looks like a very useful training tool - I love the wide range of grips. Congratulations on starting your business! I think the name is perfect too.
micronut

Trad climber
Oct 4, 2012 - 02:52pm PT
Super cool. I have sissy elbows though and try not to train.

These things look great though. Good luck in your endeavor!
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 4, 2012 - 03:12pm PT
Thanks for all the positive vibes. Hopefully they'll sell. I have at least one rag that will be doing a review of them in the near future. I've also contacted Chris to see if they'd be interested in doing a review for the but haven't heard back yet.

Just to make sure people understand that they are not just a pull-up device but can be used many different ways, see: http://sicgrips.com/Basics.html

Benefit can by had for the forearms, fingers and core by just using the basic hang position without doing pull-ups or lock-offs. And, if pullups are difficult or aren't your thing, stress/weight can be taken off by using a pulley system < http://sicgrips.com/Endurance.html > (bottom of page) or using a loop of heavy duty surgical tubing to step in and take some of the load off (got that idea off ST from RGold - thanks Rich!).

I'm not a training fiend, but have benefited from their use when I can't get to the crag. At 60 I'm still going strong... :-) However, as I state on the website - they're in no way a substitute for actual climbing if you have easy access to it. Who'd prefer this to climbing?!
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Oct 4, 2012 - 03:16pm PT
The dips/mantel is a cool feature.
Double D

climber
Oct 4, 2012 - 05:43pm PT
Very cool looking, nice job!
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 10, 2012 - 08:07am PT
OK, weekly bump while the Oct. special is on (see first post)...

For those techno nerds out there who might be interested in the development process...have a look at: http://sicgrips.com/Development.html

We used a EDM (electrical discharge machining) machine that my co-developer had access to to cut the final prototype (near bottom of page). I'd never seen or heard of this type of process before. It is totally incredible. High powered pulse through wire cuts very slowly (and extremely accurately) under water through 6" aluminum. If I remember correctly it took 6 or so hours. Wish I had one of those in my garage!

Credit: Naitch

OK, sorry no g-string eye-candy to post. Will leave that to others to update. :-)
gf

climber
Oct 10, 2012 - 03:06pm PT
Well done on many levels!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 10, 2012 - 03:50pm PT
Hmmm I really like the dip application, especially. This could be useful for someone on the road such as myself. We should work on Chris to have Me(!) do the supertaco review! I'm active and only four years behind you!
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Oct 10, 2012 - 04:21pm PT
G-String?

Ripped from Mt Project
Ripped from Mt Project
Credit: looking sketchy there...
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 10, 2012 - 05:45pm PT
>Hmmm I really like the dip application, especially. This could be useful for someone on the road such as myself. We should work on Chris to have Me(!) do the supertaco review! I'm active and only four years behind you!

See if you convince him. I already contacted the Outdoor Gear Lab but didn't hear anything from them...
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 10, 2012 - 06:14pm PT
I'll see what I can do!
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 10, 2012 - 06:20pm PT
heck, i thought you were talking about D'Addario
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 24, 2012 - 06:40am PT
OK, one final bump for Gstrings before I slink back to my cave and go back to lurk mode and continue working on my latest frankenstein invention: the crack board (The Crack Rack). It will hopefully be a second product coming out early next year. It should be even more relavant to trad climbers than Gstrings are for the spurt climber since it'll have most of the features of Gstrings but also a variable width crack from fingers to OW - even flared if you want it. It won't be portable but will be compact and easy to put up and take down......but I digress.

Back to Gstrings...here's a small ad I just designed that will be coming out in the December issue of Rock & Ice. Isn't Molly a smok'n hot climber?! She and her husband are friends with my son (the photographer) and here she is cruising it at Ten Sleep...

Credit: Naitch
locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 24, 2012 - 07:12am PT

"Locker, WTF. Can't believe you haven't posted a nice g-string pick yet."...

I must apologize for my lack of recent participation...

I have foolishly been climbing a lot and not spending as many quality hours here, as I would like...

I vow that in the future, I WILL post much more stupid sh!t and TONS more inappropriate photo's...

locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 24, 2012 - 07:15am PT


Naitch...

Good luck on your new venture!!!...

Like others have already said, I HOPE it works out for you and that sales skyrocket...

That Rolls may be right around the next corner!!!...

Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 24, 2012 - 07:24am PT
Ha!...I'd settle for just a two week road trip every now and then.

Good on ya for getting out and away from the 'taco!
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Oct 24, 2012 - 07:28am PT
"G-FORCE" would have been better...
locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 24, 2012 - 07:29am PT

and to be true to form...

I MUST post the following...


photo not found
Missing photo ID#263821
...


^^^
YOWZA!!!
...
locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 24, 2012 - 07:31am PT

""G-FORCE" would have been better..."...


I think "G-wizz" would have been even better!!!...






Everyone having suggestions AFTER the fact makes me remember the movie...

"Endless Summer"...

"You should have been here, YESTERDAY!!!"...


;-)

Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 24, 2012 - 08:54am PT
and to be true to form...

I MUST post the following...


Credit: locker

...


^^^
YOWZA!!!...

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Wow, doesn't leave much to the imagination! Is that what is called giving "lip service" to the Gstring topic... :-)
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